Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber, Wimbledon 2018 final
Jul 20 2018 by Dustin Murphy
"I think I learned a lot from past year, with all the expectation, all the things I go through".
Just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams did the unthinkable and stormed her way to the final of the grass-court Grand Slam.
The heartfelt tribute to her husband saw the 32-year-old share a GIF of herself grinning while she watched the game with the couple's son Stefan.
"But our friendship is still exactly the same", she said. "She's just getting started, and I couldn't be more proud".
Kerber's first tennis-themed memory was watching Graf win in SW19.
The tennis star was busy preparing at the All England Club in London when her little girl walked for the first time.
On Saturday, it was Kerber's ability to blend her trademark defensive skills with aggression that stunned 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams. That she came back after all this up and downs, after having a baby now, playing tennis like she's playing now, that's great. She called this victory the biggest goal of her career and she's going to enjoy the moment before thinking of what's next. I won matches, but I was really mentally fighting for literally every match.
"To be honest, I was quite nervous before the match", said Kerber, 30.
Neither woman said the late start owing to the delay in completing the men's semis had disrupted their preparation and Williams admitted Kerber had played "unbelievable". I'm just that person, that vessel, that's saying, "you can be whatever you want to be". "I kept winning", she said.
"I know the audience - I know everyone - wanted the narrative of Serena Williams, the great Cinderella story of coming back", Bryant said. "This is just the beginning".
If she wins on Saturday, she will become the first to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong triumphed 38 years ago.
"Unfortunately, in the '90s they changed the rule whereas if you were injured [and] then you come back, you lose your seeding", Williams recently told "Good Morning America". 'It's unfair to say, Kerber is playing very nicely, but it doesn't matter to me. Save for her match against Camilia Giorgi, Serena dispatched all her opponents - Arantza Rus, Viktoriya Tomova, Kristina Madenovic, Evgeniya Rodina, and Julia Gorges - in just two sets.